Guildford City picked up a point to send them top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central on a misty evening away at Calthorpe Park. But City, whose goals came from Jack Guilford and Simon Cooper, were frustrated as they were twice pegged back by the hosts. Both sides ended with ten men after a feisty match.
City started the match brightly, and following a glorious move involving Jaydon Gibbs and Austin Gacheru, Jack Guilford had the ball in the net only to be ruled out for offside. Tommy Tydeman and Guilford were finding acres of space in midfield, whilst Jaydon Gibbs, Dan Moody and a strong running Elvis Defreitas were posing problems down the flanks. From one such move Guildford did open the scoring. Simon Cooper’s inch perfect pass found Moody in space on the right. He skipped past the full-back and crossed low for Jack Guilford to fire home from 15 yards. Jaydon Gibbs was enjoying himself on the left flank and twice, having worked himself free, he saw shots from good positions fly over the bar. As the half continued Fleet came into the game and John Symons in particular was proving a handful for the City defence. On 36 minutes the score was level. A corner from the left squirmed under Antony Hall under great pressure, for Pat Cox to sweep the ball into the empty net.
City opened the second period much as they had in the first, and it was no great surprise when they regained the lead. 51 minutes were on the clock when Simon Cooper timed his run to perfection to head home Dan Moody’s inch perfect corner. Two minutes later Moody’s low effort from 20 yards cannoned back off the post and at this stage there was only going to be one winner. Then on 54 minutes the game changed with a double sending off. After a melee involving most players Jack Guilford, and home keeper Ryan Price were shown red cards. Fleet seemed less affected and on 69 minutes after fine cross field passing, Danilo Cadete was on hand to finish superbly. With just five minutes remaining of normal time, City thought they had scored a winner, after Dan Moody had turned the ball in. The Sweeney were enraged when they realised that in the tightest of decisions the effort had been ruled out for offside.
Antony Hall, Elvis Defreitas, Ben Rayner, Simon Cooper, Jamie Thoroughgood, Tony Chaplin (Corey Holder 67), Dan Moody, Jack Guilford, Austin Gacheru (Joel Hughes 67), Tommy Tydeman, Jaydon Gibbs.
Unused substitutes: Will Heavey, Tom Penson, Junior Kaffo
Cautioned: Jaydon Gibbs, Joel Hughes
Sent off: Jack Guilford
Referee: Maurice Taylor
Attendance – 123